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51job

3-year average
Revenue Growth: 25%
Profit Growth: 89%
Total Return: 57%

If you want to find a job in China, registering with 51job.com should probably be on your to-do list. It’s the largest recruitment website in China with more than 56 million registered accounts. 51job started as a print advertising outfit, but that publication -- which is circulated nationwide -- is in the process of being discontinued as the online business has exploded. Last year the print advertising segment of the business took in $33 million – roughly half what it was worth in 2009. On the flip side, online recruitment services generated revenues of $127.5 million in 2011 and now anchors the company’s growth strategy. The company now also offers HR services as it seeks to capitalize on its existing customer base. HR-related revenues came to $57 million last year, and the company believes they will play an increasingly important role in the future. -- N.S.

Get stock quote: JOBS
Revenue ($ millions): $224
Net Income ($ millions): $65
Sectors: Retail
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